Friday, December 22, 2017

A&C Series - Flee from the cares and longings that belong to Babylon

Flee from the cares and longings that belong to Babylon, obtain a new heart, for you have all been wounded. In me you will find peace and through me will come Zion, a place of peace and safety.  A&C pg 7 

So who and what is Babylon? Some ancient city long destroyed? Some modern metaphor? Or a code-word for something or some civilization in our day?  


The Answer and Covenant refers to cares and longings.  "Cares" implies concern or attachment.  "Longings" implies some intense yearning, some deep need, some issue of the heart that intensely seeks fulfillment.   The A&C says to flee from the ones belonging to Babylon.  I believe many of our longings and cares are put there by God, intended to be filled by God.  In our fallen state, we are in a sense seeking them from sources (lovers) that will not satisfy.  Infidelity.  It won't work.  The A&C says to stop doing or flee what isn't going to work anyway.  

Below are some quotes I've organized while studying this topic.

"Babylon includes all the false religious, philosophical, educational and governmental systems of the world. Though the point will inevitably be reached in which Babylon will war against the Saints, the outcome is certain: Babylon will fall. However, temporarily at least, Babylon appears to have the upper hand. She dominates in culture, values, philosophy, government and economics. Babylon is the presiding mistress of the world. However it looks to the contrary, Babylon's existence continues only with tolerance from the Lord. As soon as it pleases Him to remove her, she will be gone.

Fleeing in our day is more attitudinal, than geographic. (Nephi's Isaiah, Denver Snuffer 2006)

"The picture of "fleeing" suggests dramatic, even heroic effort to overcome a location within Babylon. We sometimes think we can get where we need to be by a saunter, rather than by flight. The gravitational pull of Babylon has always been such that escape can only be obtained by flight." 
(Denversnuffer.blogspot.com)

Revelation 17:3-5

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.


Babylon is also a "mother".  Who would her children be?

Nephi taught hat there are save two churches only. One is the Church of the Lamb of God....

"The other and all-inclusive great church is comprised of all philosophies, all belief systems, all unbelief systems, all rationalizations, all theories and vanities that distract people from repenting and following Christ. These vary from very good things that are uplifting, and possess even great portions of truth, to the degrading and perverse. This all-inclusive church is a "whore" because she is completely indiscriminate and open for all to have her acceptance and affection. She welcomes you. The only requirement being that you have false beliefs." 


"The great illusion of a whore is to imagine she likes you. To imagine she cares for you. To imagine she desires what you desire and is cooperating with you because she finds you attractive, appealing, and that you fulfill her longing. It is a lie, an illusion and a fraud. Her bodily diseases are less virulent than her contamination of the soul. Empty, false, vain and foolish thoughts occupy the imagination of those who have intercourse with the great whore. She prefers the lie, relies on it. You would not be her customer if not for the lies."

"This is the order the Lord's return will crush, because it is the commerce of Babylon to trade in the "souls of men." (Rev. 18: 13.) Churches, like the Roman Catholic Church, or some of the Fundamentalist LDS sects, claim to hold keys to consign men to hell or raise them to heaven. Such purported keys and power from God let them trade in the souls of men. These are the only ones who could conceivably trade in the "souls of men" referred to in Revelation. They are, therefore, Babylon, and the target of the Lord's destruction at His return." 
(Denversnuffer.blogspot.com)

No wonder we should flee from that.  

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